Who is Andrea Borden?
I am EXUBERANT! I love the outdoors, golden hour vistas, and great friends. My perfect day would be a daytrip to the redwoods and the beaches of Northern California with a huge cup of coffee and my sweetheart by my side. I try to live like I want to live: do what it takes to make a difference in your own life: don't dream it, live it! Every day is a gift, and it'll never happen again. I capture the uniqueness of each new day in my life.
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Missing New England? … You could say that.
Missing New England? … You could say that.
Pretty Much, yeah. Hey New Hampshire! Move closer to California!
As part of shooting every day sometimes I happen to have something especially pretty to shoot. Sometimes my subjects are simple color patterns in foliage, or a styled table like this one (for my mom’s tablecloth blog & etsy): http://tiny.cc/j5yjfw
The past couple of days I have not been feeling well, so my sweet man surprised me with my favorite flowers last night. Sunflowers! I just love them, they always make me feel sunny and bright.
I’m still reeling from my recent shoot with the fun little shoot from Veronica. Sometimes with my schedule I don’t get time to go over my shoots with a fine-toothed comb. I go for great shots to deliver to clients promptly, and then I go through later to find more gems afterwards, as a photographer’s edit. Here’s some more that I couldn’t live without posting:
These eyes just pull me into the photo!
Also, Friday is my next booked session, with Nellie, her sister, and her mom. I can’t wait to shoot with one of my oldest girlfriends, Nellie, so don’t forget to check then for my next update!
I just have to rave for a minute: Veronica is fantastic. Our session was so chill, her photos are fabulous and I can’t wait to work with her again.
Once she decided on her stylizing a couple weeks ago, our location changed and I am glad it did. While I love me some old brick ruins, the local park has some serene horse trails that suited our shoot far more. I was in love with where we decided to shoot: light beams falling through the trees, and tall oaks wrapped in ivy. The backlight was perfect for the feeling we were going for, I didn’t pull out my speedlights once.
I love this time of year at the horse trails. The yellow wildflowers are so fragrant, I always pick some and take them home with me. The day was beautiful, we hopped in the water for some shots and to cool our feet a little, and we got lots of sun.
Here’s to more gorgeous summer shoots this year!
So, I am really tired, my eyes are glassing over and my yawns are getting more frequent, but I just had to upload this photo from today’s shoot.
Veronica is a wonderful gal who I shot for her senior photos way back when. She emailed me a couple months ago inquiring about a shoot, and how could I say no?! She styled all of her clothes and accessories beautifully, she has a wonderful eye for style, and she was so chill to work with. Her eye connection was so strong, it blew me away with how striking her photos are. So here’s a sneak peek. =)
Sooo… remember what I said about shoot every day? Here’s a great example:
If you know me personally, you know that I will do a lot of unreasonable things (per normal standards) for a photo. I will wade with my camera strap in my teeth to the middle of a swift moving stream, crouch in the water, and shoot until my lips turn blue. I have been known set up my camera at night in the cold New Hampshire fall and shoot star trails like my life depended on it. I have been out in cold Massachusetts springs to shoot moonrises over ponds. But that doesn’t begin to even cover the number of rickety chairs I’ve stood upon, on my tippy-toes, or the number of times I have been 2 feet from a bison in Yellowstone and it’s baby (unbeknownst to me), while shooting *something else*. Oh yes. I have done some unspeakably dumb things for photos. So no one will bat an eye as anything out of the ordinary when I see wild roses on the side of the road, I pull over and shoot them. That’s just me, predictable as the day is long. Not to say that pulling over for roses is dangerous, just illustrating my willingness at the drop of a hat.
If you know me personally as well, you know I am forgetful. Oh yes. I will leave the most important things at home. If it’s not attached to my body (in this context, it is safe to assume that my camera is indeed a limb of mine), I will forget it. This is probably why my car looks like a fabric fairy threw up in it— I have taken precautions to overcompensate for my forgetfulness by always having clothes and prop fabrics with me.
Back to the story. I see beautiful wild roses growing on the side of the road. I make a U-ie, pull over and take a couple shots. I knew in direct sunlight, I could not do them justice, I had to take some home with me to shoot. Whipping out my car keys, I sawed through a couple stems with my rainbow unicorn medallion (right next to my post office key) until I had a bunch of them. They were very thorny, and when I was through my hands bled, but were the victors in the thorn vrs hand situation. I put the flowers in water (from a bottle in my car) and brought them in the office so they wouldn’t wilt in the hot car while I was at work.
So yes, to answer your question, I did forget them on the desk. But because I made a promise to myself to shoot every day, I hadn’t put off shooting until I had better light or more time tomorrow. Which is why I can show you them right now.
So, you may not be as forgetful as me, but that doesn’t mean you will have less of a benefit shooting everyday. If you act on your passion, it must manifest in a return for you. For me, that return is pride in sticking to a goal, and even more of a reason to continue.
A quick shot of my inspiration! Gathering things with the shoot art director and still on the hunt for the perfect dress from a local vendor for my model.
Boho shoot tuesday with a gorgeous repeat client and my great friend and stylist Eryka. I can’t wait!
One of my NH girlfriends, I just found out, is getting married. This is a shot from 2009, in the NH woods and dying light. I miss Tessa like crazy, she is such an inspiration for me. Congrats, girl.
Some roses from the yard, a vase a friend from college made me, lemons from my sister’s tree, and the redwood bowl my grandpa made me.